Family Trips in London: Four Ideas for Families
Your family is in for a treat when you visit London. Even the transportation in England is exciting. Take a ride on the underground tube or the famous red double-decker buses, or consider a boat trip down the Thames under the famous Tower Bridge. After the morning’s changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, visit the Tower of London. The next day, enjoy the view from the London Eye, and visit mysterious Stonehenge.
#1 Getting Around the City
One of the best ways to begin a family visit in London is to find out what there is to see and do. This can easily be accomplished by taking advantage of London’s excellent transportation system
- Red Double-decker Bus
Climb aboard an iconic red double-decker bus for a private tour of London with a rooftop view of Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.
- River Thames
The river Thames runs right through the heart of London. There are river cruises and river buses available from Richmond in the west to Greenwich in the east. Cruising past famous landmarks give you an introduction to some of the interesting places your family may choose to visit.
- The London Underground
The tube, as it is known, is considered the finest subway system in the world. The underground trains generally run between 5 a.m. and midnight, Monday through Saturday. The operating hours are reduced on Sunday. There are stops at all the major London attractions.
#2 Views from the Top
Choose one or do all three – if you like to see for miles and get an idea of where everything is located, the following high places will appeal to your family.
- The London Eye
From the distance, the London Eye looks like a giant ferris wheel. Up close, you discover pod-shaped capsules carry a group of visitors to the top where your family can view all of London laid out before them. This is a good place to start your London visit as it gives you information about the location of the most popular London destinations.
- The Tower of London
From its name, one would assume that the Tower of London is just one tower. It actually consists of many towers, some with people still living in them and some used by people who staff the palace grounds. Plan to spend quite some time here as there a many activities for your children available. Remember, the Tower of London is where two of Henry VIII unfortunate wives were beheaded.
- Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge contains an exhibition that tells all about how the bridge works when it raises to let ships through. Your family will enjoy seeing the original Victorian engines and the view from the walkways above the Thames.
#3 An Educational Experience
Spend a day at the Science Museum, the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. With 40 interactive galleries and 2,000 hands-on exhibits, the Science Museum will provide your children with an experience to remember. Over 15,000 objects are on display, including some which are world-famous – Stephenson’s Rocket, an early steam locomotive built in 1829, and the Apollo 10 command capsule.
Fly with the Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team or blast off into space on an Apollo space mission in 3D and 4D simulators. Also available is an IMAX 3D Cinema; check the museum’s website to verify current presentations and make reservations.
There are many other things to see in London. The museums are free, except for special exhibits. There are also gardens and parks to stroll through and castles and cathedrals to explore. We’ve only included a few of the many interesting destinations. Wherever you choose to go and whatever you choose to do, you won’t be disappointed in the variety London has to offer.